Health After Graduation

Fellow soon-to-be-graduates, it’s really happening. We will soon be leaving Barnard and entering the weird, wild world of figuring out healthcare as graduates. To calm my own self down and try to spread some knowledge, I recently met with Barnard’s Executive Director for Student Health and Wellness, MJ Murphy. She outlined four basic areas to be…

End of Semester (or college, for some of us) Marathon

So it’s that time of the year when things can get really stressful. If you’re like me and graduating, too, even though you’ve done this whole “end of the spring semester” thing several times before, the stress can pop up in surprising ways. You may not be feeling overwhelmed, and that’s a-okay. In fact, that’s great,…

Thanksgiving Thoughts

As SGA reminded us earlier this week, Thanksgiving is indeed complicated. Thanksgiving might be a warm, connected, reflective celebration for you, which is wonderful, and I truly hope you enjoy this break. But around the holiday there are also destructive meanings and difficult experiences that I feel should be recognized as well as the positive…

Continuing the conversation: Enthusiastic consent!

Trigger Warning: some description of sexual violence and other discussion of lack of consent in links. The SGA Town Hall on Monday brought together lots of students and administrators to have some really important and engaging conversations about sexual violence on campus. Some key themes regarding consent came up: What constitutes “enthusiastic consent”? What does…

Hallo-Well: Responsible Costuming

In my view, being well means not only taking care of and respecting yourself, but also means acting in ways that help make everyone else in our community feel safe and respected. That’s why I wanted to post a quick reminder this Halloween: racist costumes are just not okay, ever. If you think your costume…

HalloGREEN is TONIGHT from 7-9 PM!

Pumpkins. Pumpkin themed desserts. Pumpkin decorating supplies (we’ve got glitter glue with your name on it). This is the magic of HalloGREEN! Join the Eco Reps and the Well-Woman Peer Eds for a super fun, super crafty pumpkin-palooza from 7-9 PM in the Well-Woman office. Check out the facebook event and make sure to stop…

IUDs 101

Trigger Warning: Proceed with caution if discussion of menstruation or anything you might encounter in a gynecologist’s office is a sensitive subject for you. Also, beware mild profanity contained within the linked article if that’s a concern. IUDs (intrauterine devices) are often misunderstood, but can be great contraceptive options and are worth knowing about even…

Women in Science: Ada Lovelace Day

I’m a day late, but yesterday was Ada Lovelace Day, which honors the first but often overlooked computer programmer and aims to encourage more women to join STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. As a former science major who still loves to indulge my love of science, I appreciated this article about eight innovations by…

Know Your IX

I got a tip from Peer Ed alum Amee about Know Your IX (which Amee helped with, hooray!), “a campaign that aims to educate all college students in the U.S. about their rights under Title IX.” Here’s more info from the website: Armed with information, sexual violence survivors will be able to advocate for themselves during their schools’…

Apply for the LGBTQA retreat!

LGBTQA Student Leadership Retreat 2013:  October 25-27th Make new friends, build community, experience personal growth and discover leadership opportunities!  We will explore what brings us together within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally (LGBTQA) community and how our different experiences create spaces for ally-building and activism. Visit our blog: lgbtqaretreat.wordpress.com Apply by Friday October 4th, 2013 at tinyurl.com/lgbtqaretreat…